shimmy

[shim-ee]
noun, plural shimmies.
1.
an American ragtime dance marked by shaking of the hips and shoulders.
2.
excessive wobbling in the front wheels of a motor vehicle.
3.
a chemise.
verb (used without object), shimmied, shimmying.
4.
to dance the shimmy.
5.
to shake, wobble, or vibrate.

Origin:
1830–40, for def 3; 1915–20 for def 1; back formation and respelling of chemise, construed as a plural

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shimmy (ˈʃɪmɪ)
 
n , pl -mies
1.  an American ragtime dance with much shaking of the hips and shoulders
2.  abnormal wobbling motion in a motor vehicle, esp in the front wheels or steering
3.  an informal word for chemise
 
vb , -mies, -mies, -mying, -mied
4.  to dance the shimmy
5.  to vibrate or wobble
 
[C19: changed from chemise, mistakenly assumed to be plural]

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Word Origin & History

shimmy
"do a suggestive dance," 1918, perhaps via phrase shake the shimmy, possibly from shimmy (n.), a U.S. dialectal form of chemise (mistaken as a plural; cf. shammy) first recorded 1837; or related to shimmer via a
notion of glistening light. Transf. sense of "vibration of a motor vehicle" is from 1925.
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Example sentences
Shake, shimmy and jiggle until the mixture hardens to ice cream, usually about
  five minutes.
In other words, if your goal in life is to impress auto aficionados, then you
  best shimmy into that space yourself.
The theory of shimmy damping is investigated including tire friction, spindle
  bearing friction, and hydraulic damping.
Variations will also cause wheel shimmy and difficulty steering through curves.
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